Police yet to meet Msundwe rape victims

The Malawi Police Service says it is yet to meet women and girls who were allegedly raped and tortured by its officers in and around Msundwe, Mpingu and M’bwatalika trading centers in Lilongwe.

Acting Inspector General of Police Duncan Mwapasa said this when he appeared before the parliamentary women caucus to update the women lawmakers on the progress of their commission of enquiry on the matter.

According to Mwapasa, the enquiry failed to interview the alleged victims at Mpingu Community Day Secondary School because authorities at the school denied them access.

But speaking to YFM, National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said the police is now working in collaboration with the Education Ministry to establish facts behind the rape allegations.

Meanwhile, chairperson for Parliamentary Women Caucus Jean Sendeza says their caucus is waiting with keen interest for appropriate action to be taken on the perpetrators.

NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGOGCN) chairperson Barabara Banda whose network also met the women caucus said their investigation will not leave any victim behind.

Some police officers allegedly defiled, raped and sexual assaulted girls following the death of a fellow officer in violent clashes between protesters and law enforcers at Msundwe early this month.

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